setophaga (from setos, moth, and phagein, to eat) ruticilla, from rutillus, red, and cilla, tail)
Tuesday, September 18, 1979 — 2:00 pm
Glenview, Illinois — residential area
I was on my roofing job when I saw this bird. It was foraging and fly-catching, flitting from branch to branch in a large evergreen and oak in the backyard of the house on which we were putting gutters. I didn’t have my binoculars, so I had to stalk it. I managed to get fairly close without any of the guys on the crew seeing what I was doing.